Directors of IRDG Mr Rangarajah (CEO) and Narendran (COO) visited Malaysia and introduced the purpose, agenda and the focus areas of the IRDG to the Tamil Forum Malaysia (TFM).
Members of TFM's executive team discussed some of their past frustrations in carrying out their recovery projects in Sri Lanka, the need for a well-structured plan that would become part of the mainstream development efforts of the war affected areas and how IRDG could provide a platform and help.
Chairman Dato A Yogesvaran assured the IRDG team of TFM’s support by way of investment, technical knowledge and by facilitating access to Malaysian market for local products and said “expect a firm and positive response from us soon. We see the potential for the IRDG’s agenda to unite all concerned people and address the needs of the most vulnerable in the war affected areas. Let us keep this completely outside all political considerations and focus singularly on the task of attending to the needs of the most deserving. We are encouraged by the IRDGs agenda of creating sustainable rural jobs through facilitating start-ups of commercially viable micro and SME businesses and linking them to mainstream markets and we will support this wholeheartedly”.
Mr Rangarajah and Narendran thanked and recognised TFM for their many years of efforts to address the needs of the affected people and expressed that the tasks ahead would be challenging, however, with the united efforts of all concerned we could make a significant difference.
Dato A Vaithilingam thanked the IRDG team for all their efforts and promised to connect more like-minded people to assist with projects and implementation.
Mr Vijayan Somasunderam Mr T Kanagarajah Thurairajah also participated with Mrs Amaravathi Navaratnam President/Head of Projects (Sri Lanka) of TECH Outreach Malaysia, who is currently engaged in projects to help women headed families.